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UK Hydrogen Economy: Debate Pack

Abstract

A Westminster Hall debate on the UK hydrogen economy has been scheduled for Thursday 17 December 2020 at 3.00pm. The debate will be led by Alexander Stafford MP. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides background information and press and parliamentary coverage of the issues.

The Government has legally binding targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 to reach ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050. Background information is available from the Library webpage on Climate Change: an overview.

In order to meet the net zero target, the use of fossil fuels (without abatement such as carbon capture usage and storage) across the economy will need to be almost entirely phased out by 2050. Hydrogen gas is regarded as an energy option to help decarbonisation, especially in relation to applications that may be more challenging to decarbonise. These applications include heating, transport (including heavy goods, shipping, and aviation) and some industrial processes.

The Government has legally binding targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 to reach ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050. Background information is available from the Library webpage on Climate Change: an overview.

In order to meet the net zero target, the use of fossil fuels (without abatement such as carbon capture usage and storage) across the economy will need to be almost entirely phased out by 2050. Hydrogen gas is regarded as an energy option to help decarbonisation, especially in relation to applications that may be more challenging to decarbonise. These applications include heating, transport (including heavy goods, shipping, and aviation) and some industrial processes.

Related subjects: Policy & Socio-Economics
Countries: United Kingdom
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